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Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

  • Alexandra Branscombe
  • 14 January 2014

Lacking the aggressive tourism practices found in Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is delightfully free of pressure. Visitors here find a more wholesome and native Brazilian experience, whether it involves walking the same cobblestone streets that the Brazilian imperial family once did or gazing out at the Atlantic Rainforest from the top of a mountain.

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Colombia’s Call: From a Lost City to the Amazon with Mambe Travel

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 10 November 2013

Once a place travellers were advised to avoid, Colombia no longer suffers from the ill effects of powerful drug cartels at war with one another and the government. It is now a place attracting ever larger crowds, drawn in by its world-class natural and cultural attractions. Here are just two of them, as well as the kind of community-conscious tour operator that will help you make the most of your stay.

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SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Responsible Travel in Peru

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 September 2013

The Travel Word caught up with Nicholas Stanziano to talk about Peru, travel in Peru and SA Luxury Expeditions reviews of how tourism can support the burgeoning middle classes in urban Peru.

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Community-Based Ecotourism, the Good-Living Tourist Model: An Interview with Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Travel

  • The Travel Word
  • 26 August 2013

Felipe Zalamea is the London-based brain and brawn behind Sumak Sustainable Travel, a tour operator specialising in community-based ecotourism and focusing on building bridges between local communities active in tourism and travellers interested in seeing a different side of the world. The Travel Word had a chat with him about the work he is doing to connect travellers to amazing off-the-beaten-track travel in Latin America.

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Indigenous and Community-Based Tourism in Bolivia

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 5 August 2013

Set in an Andean mountain valley, the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, is headquarters of a unique organisation known as the Bolivian Network of Community and Solidarity Based Tourism (the Spanish acronym is Tusoco). A product of grassroots peasant and indigenous community organisations, Tusoco is a thriving organisation with a new approach to sustainable and responsible tourism.

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Positive Action in Rio de Janeiro, Not Favela Safari Tours

  • Felipe Zalamea
  • 24 June 2013

We suggest that you DO NOT take one of the so-called favela safari tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What you’ll get is something like a soldier’s view of Baghdad or Belfast during the most troubled times in those two cities, which is not at all the reality of the favelas. We have a much better idea: keep things to a small scale and travel on foot with a tour guide from the favela itself, not an outsider. You can be a warmly welcomed visitor.

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Video Spotlight: Vincent Urban in South America

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 14 March 2013

Over time, travel memories become the kind of seconds-long fragments mastered by Vincent Urban, the videographer behind this South America clip. Each one is a slightly extended snapshot, detached from chronology and name. Urban and his crew use the same technique in their short films on Asia and New York, rendering their travels as cinematic versions of fading recollection.

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Travel Safety in Peru: the Stories Behind the Headline

  • Matthew Barker
  • 28 February 2013

Few Latin American have transformed themselves into travel Meccas quite as completely and quickly as has Peru. But parts of Peru still remain thoroughly out of bounds for tourists. Travel safety in Peru means you need to tread lightly and appreciate the complexities of your host community.

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Exploring a True Wilderness in Peru’s Manu National Park

  • The International Ecotourism Society
  • 14 February 2013

An interview with Luis Felipe Raffo, founder of the family-owned Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, located in Peru’s Manu National Park. Manu National Park – a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site – is in Peru’s southern Amazon rainforest, one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon that is still accessible to travelers.

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São Paulo, Brazil, Shares Its Bustling Metropolis with whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 18 December 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. It’s easy to see why São Paulo, Brazil, with its gleaming skyscrapers and modern infrastructure, is thought of by many travellers as a concrete metropolis. São Paulo, however, has so much more to offer than meets the eye, especially to people who attend the 70,000 events it hosts per year as one of the world’s biggest event destinations, and to the business travellers who account for 60 per cent of the city’s foreign visitors.

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